Henri Matisse visited the Bay Area just once, in 1931, before setting sail for Tahiti. However, the French master's art and legend in this region stretch back to 1906, just after the great earthquake, when the American expatriates Sarah and Michael Stein returned home from Paris to check on their properties, bringing Matisse paintings along with them in their luggage. The Steins' local presentation of the artist’s brightly colored canvases—the first of the artist's works to be seen in the United States—launched the region's longstanding passion for the Matisse and his art.
Galleries 8, 10, and 12
Presented in partnership with the Consulate General of Sweden in San Francisco
Tango de los Impressionistas
¡La Milonga de los Impresionistas! We celebrate Impressionists on the Water with light, laughter, and beautiful Argentine tango en plein air. The museum's Court of Honor will become an outdoor milonga for about a hundred couples to gather and dance. Presented by TangoCalifia. Hosted by Beatrice Bowles and Terence Clarke.
Also featuring plein-air painting by Marius Starkey, who spontaneously creates a complete and vibrant painting on the spot.
The guest lecture Smooth Sailing on the Seine? Not Always: Discover the Impressionists' Racy Side by Dr. Anne Prah-Perochon has been cancelled.
James A. Ganz is the curator for the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
Nautical life is revealed in more than 80 remarkable paintings and works on paper by artists such as Claude Monet, Gustave Caillebotte, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro, Maurice Denis, and Paul Signac—Impressionists and Post-Impressionists whose breathtaking artistry reflects a deep understanding of pleasure boating and competition. Their brushwork suggests both the atmospheric effects and the sensations of movement that contribute to these enterprises on the water.
Opening Reception for Contributing, Supporting, and Sustaining Members (by invitation)
Note: the Legion of Honor will close at 5:15 pm and reopen for the evening reception.
Members may upgrade their membership to the Contributing, Supporting, or Sustaining level by calling (415) 750-3636.